We the Animals: A novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 30, 2011 - Fiction - 144 pages
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.

"We the Animals is a dark jewel of a book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It resembles no other book I’ve read.”—Michael Cunningham

"A miracle in concentrated pages, you are going to read it again and again." —Dorothy Allison

"Rumbles with lyric dynamite . . . Torres is a savage new talent." —Benjamin Percy, Esquire

"A fiery ode to boyhood . . . A welterweight champ of a book." —NPR, Weekend Edition

"A tremendously gifted writer whose highly personal voice should excite us in much the same way that Raymond Carver’s or Jeffrey Eugenides’s voice did when we first heard it." —Washington Post

"A novel so honest, poetic, and tough that it makes you reexamine what it means to love and to hurt." —O, The Oprah Magazine

"The communal howl of three young brothers sustains this sprint of a novel . . . A kind of incantation." —The New Yorker
 

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More a series of related vignettes or literary tableaux vivant, this novella tells the story of the unnamed narrator, the youngest of three Latino brothers coming of age in upstate New York with their ... Read full review

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RGG: Similar in sensibility to House on Mango Street. Except the main characters are three brothers, the different one the narrator. And some of the scenes are a bit edgier. Reading Level: YA-Adult Read full review

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JUSTIN TORRES is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford as well as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. He was the recipient of a Rolón Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. Among many other things, he has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller.

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